WebQuest for Grade 3
Designed by Rita
Gunning and Wendy
Coordinated by J.
Process |Evaluation | Conclusion
| Teacher Page
an astronaut on a mission to another planet in our solar system. You will
join a crew to gather information about your destination. When you become
experts, you will voyage to this planet. After exploring it, you will contact
Mission Control on Earth by cyber postcard to communicate your impressions
job is to collect data about your planet. Your crew of astronauts will
work as a team to collect this scientific information. You will need to
show your data sheet to Mission Control before blast off.
your destination (planet)
your mission and design a patch (badge)
(Who is your planet named after?)
from the Sun (How many kilometers?)
(What is the distance across is your planet?)
of revolution (How long is one year on your planet in Earth years?)
period (One day on your planet equals how many hours/days on Earth?)
(How many? What are their names?)
(What gases are in the atmosphere?)
(How hot or cold is it?)
(What is your planet made of?)
Interesting facts (Special features. Does it have volcanoes, craters, rings,
Cyber Postcard using a virtual postcard site (contact Mission Control).
your data as a crew to your peers and Mission Control.
Mission Control (your teacher) will assign you to a crew
3 students ).
Mission Control for your planet destination.
a patch for your mission. To learn how, click on the following link for
directions on Creating
a Crew Patch
out each of the Data
which data sheet each crew member will be responsible for completing with
information about your planet destination.
are now ready to start collecting data. Remember, only make jot notes.
do your research, click on the name of your planet destination listed at
the bottom of this page.
click on one of the Web Site links for your planet. Read the information
and make your jot notes under the correct headings.
you have finished reading the first Web Site, view another Web site link
for your planet. Read the information and decide if there is any new information
that should be added to your report.
you are ready to write the rough copy for your cyber postcard.
here and print out draft sheets for
each of your crew.
the jot notes you have made on your Data Collection Sheets, each write
a paragraph to Mission Control on your draft sheet.
include facts about your planet. Share some of your 'adventures' too!
to write the postcard paragraphs in complete sentences. Be sure to spell
correctly, and use capital letters and punctuation where appropriate.
conference with another crew to edit your rough copy.
you are finished editing, you are ready to create your cyber postcard.
Click this link to go the virtual
postcard site, follow the instructions, and send your message
to Mission Control (your teacher's email account). Print a copy of your
postcard for each crew member.
your crew will share the information you've collected about your planet
at a debriefing session back on Earth at Mission Control. As a crew, first
practise how you will present your data. Use a clear, loud voice. Make
eye contact with your audience. Hold your paper still and away from your
out and use the Crew
Checklist to ensure you have completed all the steps of your task.
out and complete a self-evaluation
sheet. (See Evaluation.)
your data and cyber postcard at the debriefing session with Crews from
other missions at Mission Control.
in all your
work for evaluation.
mission patch, data sheets, cyber postcard, and presentation about your
planet will be evaluated. There is a checklist
to help you make sure that you have completed all the necessary steps of
the Planet WebQuest
out this checklist. Check to confirm that you have completed all the steps.
Your teacher will also evaluate your WebQuest using this form.
your WebQuest, you have learned many facts about your planet, yet there
is much more to learn about our Solar System. The vastness of space has
given us many challenges and questions.
life exist elsewhere? What are some of the latest scientific findings?
How can you use the information gathered in your WebQuest to help others?
Check out some of the links below to learn more about space. Can you find
other web sites that have interesting information about space?
books, novels or poems in the science- fiction genre. Does this literature
contain factual information? On what scientific facts has the author chosen
to base his or her story? Why? Write a response to a selection in your
Solar System Exploration: Kids
- Zoom Astronomy
the Part-time Astronaut
to the Universe
Space Books, and Rubric
provide resources and evaluation for the Planet WebQuests completed by
Based on a template
from The WebQuest Page